Anne Noble

Accessed from the Arts Foundation 19 March 2012

"Anne Noble is one of New Zealand’s most widely recognised and respected contemporary photographers with images renowned for their beauty, complexity and the conceptual rigour. Anne is Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University Wellington, she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to photography in 2003.

Her substantial body of work spans landscape, documentary and installations incorporating both still and moving images. She often works in series, enabling her to explore the medium and its possibilities in great depth. Since 2001, she has been researching and photographing Antarctica. In a project that has taken her to Antarctic centres all over the world as well as Antarctica itself, she explores the cultural construction of place and how our knowledge of such places is shaped through representation and imagination. Her images challenge the traditional depiction of the Antarctic landscape as heroic, picturesque or sublime and seek to suggest some of the current complexities that that underlie the region’s beauty. In 2008 she won a prestigious US National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Award to travel and work in Antarctica to complete this project. There were 97 applicants for six awards and she was the only recipient from outside the United States.

Anne was a recipient of an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2009. The Laureate Award is an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth. Their work is rich but their richest work still lies ahead of them. The Award recognises a moment in the artists' career that will allow them to have their next great success.

Another substantial series, Ruby’s Room developed between 1998 and 2006, has attracted considerable international attention for its highly original depiction of childhood. Conceived as an alternative archaeology of childhood, Anne, in association with her daughter, documented some of the many things children do with their mouths while eating and playing. This series was selected by the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris as the keynote contemporary photography exhibition for the inaugural Paris PhotoQuai Biennale of Photography in 2007.

Anne Noble has been at the forefront of photographic practice in New Zealand since first attracting attention in the early 1980s with her acclaimed photographs of the Wanganui River. In 2001 she was honoured with a retrospective exhibition and a major book about her work spanning 20 years. Initiated by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the exhibition toured from 2001 – 2003.

Other exhibiton highlights include: Ice Blink: Antarctic Photographs, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2008; Antarctica: Joyce Campbell, Anne Noble, Connie Samaras, Pitzer Galleries Claremont College, Los Angeles 2007, Reveries: Photography and Mortality, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2007; ICONICA: The connection between contemporary art and reality, Patio Herreriano, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Valladolid, Spain, 2006; In Cold Light, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2005; Anne Noble: Ruby’s Room, Speilhaus Morrison Gallery, Berlin, 2005; Critic’s Choice, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2005; High Chair: New Zealand Artists on Childhood, St Paul St, Auckland, 2005; The Line Between Us, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2004, Slow Release: Recent photography from New Zealand at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2002; Observed and Contrived: Recent International Photography at the Queensland Art Gallery 1998 and the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane,1993"

CV supplied by McNamara Gallery in March 2012:

CV 2007-2001

2007 ANNE NOBLE: Ruby’s Room, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris.
PHOTOQUAI Biennale, Oct 07 – Jan 08 (forthcoming)
Of Landscape and Longing, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland.
Auckland Festival of Photography, May - June
2006 Southern Lights, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand. Dec 05 – May 07¬
Southern Lights / Antarctic Collectables, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, Dec - Feb
White Lantern, Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia, April - May
2005 ANNE NOBLE: Ruby’s Room(vii) Speilhaus Morrison Gallery, Berlin. Sept - Oct.
White Lantern, Antarctic Photographs 2002 – 2005, McNamara Gallery, Wanganui, May - June
2004 The Polar Sea and the Polar Sky, BartleyNees Gallery, Wellington. Oct - Nov.
Ruby’s Room (v) Stills Gallery, Sydney. April - May.
2003 Antarctica … Terra Incognito, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
ANNE NOBLE: States of Grace, Retrospective exhibition. Auckland Art Gallery
2002 ANNE NOBLE: States of Grace. Retrospective exhibition. City Gallery, Wellington,
Ruby’s Room (II), Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch. June – July
2001 ANNE NOBLE: States of Grace. Retrospective exhibition.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Dec 01 – March 02

2007 ANTARCTICA: On Thin Ice. United Nations Headquarters, New York, Dec 07 - Jan 08
ANTARCTICA – Joyce Campbell, Anne Noble, Connie Samaras. California Museum of Photography, Riverside, Los Angeles. Oct 07 – Jan 08 (forthcoming)
Moving Still, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, May - June
REVERIES: Photography and Mortality. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. April – Aug
ZERO - New Work by Australian and New Zealand Women Photographers,
Suter Gallery, Nelson, June – July.
2006 In Cold Light, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia. March - May
ICONICA, Patio Herrerianeo Museo de Arte Contemporáneao Espanol, Valladolid, Spain.
June – Sept
ZERO - New Work by Australian and New Zealand Women Photographers,
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Sept – Nov. Te Manawa, Palmerston North, May - June
Toi Te Papa: Art of The Nation, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa,
Oct 06 – Sept 09
World’s Edge, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dec 06 – May 07
Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, Pataka Museum and Gallery, Porirua. New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Feb – March
Viewfinder: Four decades of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection, Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth, March - May
2005 Critic’s Choice 3. Jeno Grindl, Peter Hendricks, Reinhart Matz, Anne Noble. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany. Sept – Nov
Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art from Te Papa. City Gallery, Wellington, NZ. July - Oct
BREAKING ICE: Re-Visioning Antarctica. The Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington.
July - Oct
High Chair – New Zealand Artists on Childhood. AUT Gallery / Auckland City Art Gallery. Feb - April
2004 The Line Between Us: Anne Ferran, Donna Bailey, Polixeni Papapetrou, Pat Brassington, Anne Noble
Monash Museum of Art, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Sept - Oct
Toi Te Papa, Art of the Nation 1940 – Today, Te Papa, Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand. 2004 – 2005
HAT TRICK, Victoria Birkinshaw, Anne Noble, Andy Morley-Hall, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington, Te Whare Toi, July – Sept.
2004: The Year in Art the National Trust S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Nov - Dec
2003 Anne Noble / Deborah Pauwe, BartleyNees Gallery, Wellington, Jan - Feb
Experiencing Turbulence: Art and the Weather. Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Feb – Sept.
2002 ANTARCTIC I: Views along Antarctica’s first highway. Centre for Land Use Information, Los Angeles, USA. Curated by William Fox. Sept - Oct
SLOW RELEASE: Recent photography from New Zealand. Heide Museum of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Feb – April
2001 High Resolution, BartleyNees Gallery, Wellington
2000 PARIHAKA: The Art of Passive Resistance, City Gallery, Wellington, July - Oct
IN GLORIOUS DREAMS: New Art by Women, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

2005 Creative New Zealand Grant
2005 Massey University Reseach Fellowship
2002 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography in New Zealand
2001 Antarctica New Zealand / Creative New Zealand Antarctic Arts Fellow. 2001 - 2002
2001 Royal Society, Science and Technology Promotion Fund Award

Reveries: Photography and Mortality, Helen Ennis (2007) National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. pp --
Into the Light: A History of New Zealand Photography, David Eggleston (2006) Craig Potton, 2006 pp ---
Anne Noble, Kyla McFarland (2005) in Contemporary New Zealand Photographers. pp ---
Anne Noble: from place to place, Danae Mossman (2005) in Photofile 76, 2006. pp 38-41
Die Fotographische Familie, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler (2005) Ruby’s Room pp 29-35, In My Father’s Garden pp 36-40. NBK, Berlin, 2005.
In ‘Ruby’s Room’, Anne Noble, Kyla McFarlane (2005) ¬in Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts, No 56. pp 28-29


Works by this Artist